John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Conkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.

John's fascination with technology continued with a 25 year career in the computer industry. He held area, senior and executive management positions with; Chipcom Corporation (networking), MIPS Computer Systems (high performance computing) and Netapp (storage). He moved from Boston in November 2010 to live in Park City. He began DJing at KPCW in January 2011, has substitute co-hosted regularly on Mountain Money, Community Voices and This Mountain Life. In February 2013 John and Lynn Ware Peek became the permanent co-hosts of Community Voices.

In September 2013 John and Lynn launched Cool Science Radio: Delivering understandable science and technology in a complicated world.

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On today's program John and Dave visit with Tara Forman from Operation Underground Railroad and Becky Fuys from Rocky Mountain Outfitters, Sleepy Hollow Wagon Rides.  Plus,  they present news of weekend events.

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Chris Fischer, founder and expedition leader for OCEARCH, a data-centric organization that's an enterprise built to help scientists collect previously unobtainable data in the ocean. OCEARCH is on its first expedition to the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, after following the multi-year migratory tracks laid down by great white sharks Lydia, Hilton, and George. The work they started in 2012 suggests this area could be a potential mating site for the North Atlantic white shark population.

  Our first guest this morning is Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals. Con is President and CEO, Animal Communications and professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University. We will speak with Con about communicating with man’s best friend, the domestic dog.

 

The in-studio musical guest was "you gotta see this to believe it", double-neck-guitar-virtuoso Terence Hansen. Randi Jo Taurel filled in the details and motivation for creating the  'Autumn Grounding and Goat Yoga' gathering and Richard Boulton, an actor in the Timpanogas Valley Theater's production of 'Lend Me A Tenor', gave details about  their current production.

 

We speak first this morning with Andrew Howley of Adventure Scientists. While the organization is based out of Bozeman, MT, it matches global adventurers with scientists who need data collected from the most remote, difficult to get to outposts in the world. It’s crowd sourcing at its best. 

 

 

 

Science writer David Quammen joins the show. His new book is called The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Quammen's book untangles the theory that has long been unheralded about our understanding of heredity - it’s called horizontal gene transfer and it makes up about eight percent of our genome. This is the story of evolutionary biology that you've never before heard. 

Today on The Morning Mix, local musician Jody Whitesides  performs his latest single just realeased last week; a conversation with local children's book author Katie Mullally about self-publishing and self-promoting her trio of books, and Executive Director of Habitat for Humainty, Shellie Barrus and Board Member Whitney Ryan are in to talk about the upcoming Habitat For Humanity's Overall Ball at Park City Mountain Resort. All that plus an extensive rundown of weekend events.

  Katy Wang, the Executive Director of the  Park City Film Series, joins the show. On Thursday, September 27, the Film Series  will screen the film, "The Most Unknown," a film that has scientists from various disciplines explaining their work to each other. It is part of their STEM educational series. A panel made up of  scientists and science educators will meet after the screening to talk about how to get kids excited about science.

 

 Cool Science Radio speaks with Sharon Anderson Morris,  the programs director for Strategic News Service, the Future in Review (FiRe) events and the managing director of FiReFilms, supporting world-changing documentaries to create positive global awareness and change. The Future in Review conference will be at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, October 9-12, 2018.

 

The Morning Mix - September 14, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

On The Morning Mix the instudio musical guest is Morgan Thomas, and there are plenty of details on weekend events in our area including  conversations with Joshua Wartena of Sundance Mountian Resort and with Meisha Ross of Park City's Autumn Aloft. 

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